For almost 40 years, Roger Clay Palmer has worked, often 
reclusively, on poetry, paintings, installations and, primarily, 
a large body of drawings. Ruthless black humor blends with 
gentle compassion in a world where animals and objects often
mimic and reflect us. Growing up on a ranch in Florida listening
to family members tell stories, his work reflects his love of
Southern oral tradition.

His installations of drawings and artifacts have been shown in
Diverseworks in Houston (solo and group shows); NEXUS
in Atlanta; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in
Winston-Salem, NC; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL.;
Jacksonville Museum of Art, FL; Tampa Museum of Art; and
Ringling (FL) Museum of Art, which purchased an installation
for their permanent collection. He has received a regional NEA
Grant, two Florida Individual Artists grants, as well as grants to
do installations at Miami Waves Film Festival, Nexus, and The
Artists' Alliance in Tampa, FL. He participated in a NEA funded
collaborative performance work, "Smarter than Dogs", and a
collaborative project with PWA’s which traveled to Miami and
Orlando. He has self-published 3 books, one of which ( The
Inheritance and Other Stories ") is archived at Franklin Furnace,
NYC and has had poetry and/or images published in Sonoma
Review (U. of Arizona), the Journal of the NEA, and Tabloid

In 2008, Roger had two solo shows: at the University of South Florida
Contemporary Art Museum and at Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta.
He was also in “Dark Poets”, a six person show at Maryland Institute
College of Art’s Decker Gallery; “Bright and White” at Mindy
Solomon Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL; and “Freaks”, a group show
at Privateer Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010, he had a show
of over 80 drawings "Taking on the Right Wing" at Tempus Projects,
Tampa (in anticipation of the mid-term elections) and a similar exhibition
during the Republican Convention in 2014.  His work is represented by 
Marcia Wood in Atlanta and Blue Spiral in Asheville NC.

He currently divides his time between Tampa and Ozello FL and New York.

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